Protect National Monuments From President Trump

Target: Ryan Zinke, U.S. Interior Secretary

Goal: Do not eliminate or reduce any U.S. national monuments.

In his quest to reverse as much environmental protection as possible, President Trump has signed an executive order poised to abolish or reduce U.S. national monuments created in the past 21 years. This is an unprecedented move that threatens to remove millions of acres of land and roughly 30 national landmarks from federal protection, including pristine areas set aside specifically to protect them from development and territory sacred to Native Americans. 

After President Obama created several national monuments during his tenure, including the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears Monument, the Antiquities Act of 1906 that grants this presidential power came under fire from Republicans, who argue it is an overreach of federal government into state affairs. Particularly incensed are representatives from Utah, where the oil and gas sector is an important part of the economy and where the Bears Ears Monument is located.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he will issue a recommendation regarding the status of Bears Ears in the next 45 days, and issue a report regarding the other monuments in the next 120 days. In the meantime, people from around the country and the world must come together to voice our disapproval of this latest attack on public lands. 


Dear Secretary Zinke,

President Trump has signed a new executive order asking you to suggest national monuments created over the last two decades that he can abolish. This move is diametrically opposed to the purpose of the Antiquities Act of 1906, which empowers presidents to preserve federal land at risk of degradation by human activity, and was created by President Teddy Roosevelt, whom you claim to admire. Abolishing these protected lands threatens the legacy of your purported hero, as well as valuable ecosystems, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage of Native Americans, and must not be allowed.

While Republican lawmakers have declared war on this act, the truth is that 90 percent of the public supports protecting public lands, including many conservatives who value their ability to hunt, fish, and hike on land untainted by human activity. The real beneficiaries of this new order are oil and gas companies, which stand to benefit greatly from lands being opened to drilling and development and whose lobbying efforts have spurred the Republican animosity towards protection of public lands

The decisions you make regarding these national monuments have important ramifications for our country and its future. If you truly respect the will and actions of former President Roosevelt, you will put a stop to President Trump’s agenda of tearing down conservation regulations, and use your power to ensure past and future presidential monuments stay preserved for posterity to revere.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Given the fact that Trump loves to destroy and divide, the same goes for any- and everything else!!

  2. alessandra says:

    Some days ago mr Trump said that he did not think that being the President (of the Usa) was so difficult. For instance I thought”he is sincere” but now I think : Mr Trump, it depends on what you are doing or going to do during your mandate. If you are going to destroy everything created before your arrival at the WHite House, yes your work will be extremly difficult.


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